Craft your own day on Koh Kret

Craft your own day
on Koh Kret

Local craftsmanship is what flows left and right across Koh Kret. It may be little in size
but it is large enough to explore it for a day where the art of pottery, beer brewing,
local cuisine and Thai art shape this little piece of authentic heaven.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Amidst the leading waterway from and to Bangkok and further, a small island keeps its head above the proverbial waters as an, almost, open-aired collection of everything authentic Thai. Erected at the time Ayutthaya emerged as the capital along the Chao Phraya River, Koh Kret slowly came into existence and has remained a small community with craftsmanship unique to this man-made island.

A decent 30 kilometres north of Bangkok, visitors will find themselves in a world unfamiliar to the capital’s bustling lifestyle. This weekend escape just touches the very heart and creative soul of Koh Kret with hands-on experiences creating marvellous interactions with its long-term residents.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Craft your own day on Koh Kret

08:00 - 16:00

Amidst the leading waterway from and to Bangkok and further, a small island keeps its head above the proverbial waters as an, almost, open-aired collection of everything authentic Thai. Erected at the time Ayutthaya emerged as the capital along the Chao Phraya River, Koh Kret slowly came into existence and has remained a small community with craftsmanship unique to this man-made island. A decent 30 kilometres north of Bangkok, visitors will find themselves in a world unfamiliar to the capital’s bustling lifestyle. This weekend escape just touches the very heart and creative soul of Koh Kret with hands-on experiences creating marvellous interactions with its long-term residents.

Guests will be warmly welcomed by a guide for the day before moving in northern direction towards the public pier, connecting the island with the mainland. Located right in the Chao Phraya River, Koh Kret is a tiny island and home to a community of craftsmen who are descendants of the Mon people who are renowned for their distinctive style of pottery.

Only operational during the weekends, it is the best time to wander through the market, a centre of local commerce and known to be quite the treat for mingling with the locals, and see what snack, sweets and local drinks are up for sale. Yet it is the pottery industry that makes Koh Kret an awe-inspiring destination in its own right; watch skilled artisans use ancient techniques to shape and kneed pots, bowls and cups with its traditional, red-black glazed characteristic surface. Your try to make your own are put to the test this morning with a good dose of fun. Before we head out to a riverside restaurant for lunch, a stop at Baan Silp Siam will be included. This artist house is open for the public and has led the way in preserving and presenting various Thai forms of art such as Khon Mask making and handicraft.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on Koh Kret. Like with many other cultures, a coffee after lunch is a logical step and no better place than on Koh Kret than to brew your own. Guided by a local barista, all it takes are some roasted coffee beans, a small stove and boiling water for a tasty end result. The day ends with a cool, island-crafted beer at Chit beer, one of the better-known bars where the patron of this refreshing beverage eagerly tells his story behind his beer complemented with magnificent views over the river. At around 3 PM, we cross back to the mainland and head back to your hotel in downtown Bangkok.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • Return ferry crossing from / to Koh Kret
  • A hands-on pottery lesson on the island
  • A glass of locally crafted beer
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply
  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself; Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.
  • It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements.
  • We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this; Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions. This tour is only operated on Saturdays and Sundays.

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